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Cartouche of Ambition
Enchantment — Aura
Enchant creature you control
When Cartouche of Ambition enters the battlefield, you may put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and lifelink
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Cartouche of Ambition Discussion
1 month ago
@AquaticAce26, yeah, Luminarch Ascension is a fine win con - it definitely has synergy with the deck and the plan. The win cons in the deck can be a little fragile - like if you have Rest in Peace and someone destroys your Helm of Obedience, you have to shift to the other win. So in that sense, a third one-card win con is ok. On the other hand, having a very few dead cards for combo slots or wincons is one of the strengths of the deck. You could drop the voltron cards (Empyrial Armor and Cartouche of Ambition) and add Luminarch Ascension and maybe Replenish, if you want to stay at 2 wincons. Or you can just add it and go up to 3.
I'd probably try another board wipe against those decks instead of Illness in the Ranks. Massacre or Yahenni's Expertise. They're both vulnerable from their creature mana. I'd probably want to play another GY hoser, maybe leyline or Planar Void, which should help against blood pod and tasigur. Yeah.
I hear you on card prices... even 2 years ago Tabernacle was 400$. Should have bought a playset then. :/
1 month ago
Why not any Cartouche of Ambition seems like a perfect fit for the deck?
2 months ago
You have a couple of cards that aren't standard format legal Vampire Envoy and Unnatural Endurance. So the direction to take changes a lot depending on what format you want to play - standard vs. casual with friends vs. a different store or home format like: Modern, EDH(also called Commander), Brawl, Two Headed Giant, Vintage, Legacy, or Pauper.
https://whatsinstandard.com/ is a good way to reference what sets of magic are currently considered "standard".
Another example is that you only have 5 artifacts in total so cards like Embraal Bruiser or Dhund Operative or Fen Hauler aren't going to be as effective. Making their copies easy removes (unless you want to 4x of each of your artifacts and then 4x these cards building a more artifact oriented deck! Decisions decisions).
Things like Cartouche of Ambition and Trial of Ambition have fantastic synergy with each other and your planeswalker so if you'd like to run them (and be able to see them consistently between games) then you'd go with 4x of each and cut some other stuff.
For general knowledge:
One of the best principles of deck building is keeping your card limit to the minimum (60 in standard/modern) and having 4 copies of each card (There's always exceptions though) - streamlining the chance to draw the specific cards you want, each game you play. Much greater chance of drawing a 4/60 than a 1/60 (which is why Liliana's Influence almost counts as having 4 Liliana, Death Wielder)
Scryfall(Better than WotC's Gatherer) and EDHREC will be your best friends searching for cards to make decks with; EDHREC is for the EDH format where it's 100 cards no more or less with no duplicate cards and a "commander" but you can look there for cards within colours, themes, and strategies like -1/-1 counters: (https://edhrec.com/themes/m1-m1-counters) which would be a good synergy with Liliana, Death Wielder.
I actually have the Gideon, Martial Paragon planeswalker deck from Amonkhet and my next craft is to turn it into a viable casual modern deck, since Amonkhet will eventually rotate out of standard but Gideon, nor will this iteration of Liliana, will ever be competitive modern!
Welcome to magic! I only started in Amonkhet myself and am having a blast. Sorry for the long winded response.
2 months ago
3 months ago
I'm thinking you must be playing in a much, much slower meta than I am because I've found equipment to be painfully slow and Cartouche of Ambition to be absolutely essential for stabilizing. That said, I'm glad you've found a formulation that works for you! We all need more Bogles in our lives.
3 months ago
And after a few more playtests with Negate I went with 2 of them. You really don't want to draw them mid to endgame when opponent has no cards in hand and they are useless vs creature heavy and control spell heavy decks.
I also did some runs with Helm of the Host, Sigiled Sword of Valeron and Forebear's Blade: The 3 drops are great to play 1 turn before a Bogle enters and the Helmet just wins stalemates. I would run those over Cartouche of Ambition any day as the cartouche sucks... I always end up playing the other 2 cartouches first. Also drawing 3-4 Cartouche's is instant loss.
And I sideboarded Knight of Malice for free wins against white. ( Seeing many cat / lifegain / angel decks )
And finally I added 4x Evolving Wilds for obvious reasons.
3 months ago
Yeah, nobody's really prepared for Bogles in Standard so even though Wizards just printed a low-cost hate land for us, there's approximately a 0% chance of ever running into it.
I would strongly caution you against dropping down to 24 lands, especially while adding a 6-drop. I know shaving lands is tempting but we really need to run land-heavy to make sure we can cast a 4-drop on turn 4. That said, I could definitely see dropping maybe a Negate and Cartouche of Ambition for two more Bogles. As for Yahenni's Expertise I'm really nervous about including a double-black spell given our weak mana situation. It can be tricky even getting double-Green sometimes and we're much more heavily invested in Green. Still, if you aren't running into problems, mazel tov!
3 months ago
This deck Makes it really fun to watch the person sitting across from you have a complete meltdown because they can’t deal with your creatures... saving the Essence Scatters for potential creature threats and mowing over the smaller ones is more than satisfying. Opponent has hexproof or indestructible? GTFO, Trial of Ambition handles it with the amount of car touches constantly in your hand. I’ve been playing this for a minute and I made one slight change, I dropped to 24 lands, cutting one Hashep Oasis and also cut one Cartouche of Ambition to the sideboard and removed a Crook of Condemnation, and added a Jade Guardian and a single Scaled Behemoth simply because I wasn’t hitting creatures as consistently as I wanted to. I also cut one Unsummon and the fourth Negate from the sideboard and added two Yahenni's Expertise to deal with go wide strategies like vampires, Merfolk, tokens, etc.Thumbs up on the build!